AN OPEN letter signed by more that 40 celebrities has been published in a major newspaper in the United States calling for grieving Anthony Bourdain fans to stop abusing Asia Argento online.
The actress has been cruelly blamed by keyboard warriors for the suicide death of her boyfriend Bourdain and accused of using the #MeToo movement to advance her career.
The letter, published in the Los Angeles Times, claimed Argento had “found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyber-bullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death”.
The Italian actress has also been accused of “trying to use her ‘survivor status’ and the #MeToo movement to advance her career”, the letter stated.
“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain,” it read.
“Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.”
The letter’s celebrity signatures included Mira Sorvino, Terry Crews, Olivia Munn, Patricia Arquette and Rose McGowan.
Last year Argento came forward to accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.
After going public with her allegations Bourdain defended his girlfriend’s decision to speak up, tweeting that he was “proud and honoured” to know Argento.
The celebrity chef took his own life in a French hotel room in June where he had been filming an episode of Parts Unknown.
Originally published as Bourdain’s girlfriend cruelly trolled